NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence boys lacrosse team saw its magical 2013 season come to an end on Tuesday afternoon at Lieder Field.
After taking a 3-1 lead over Haddonfield in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 quarterfinal, the Pioneers gave up nine straight goals to lose, 10-3.
"It was just one of those days where we had trouble executing," New Providence head coach Vinny Carangelo said. "We had quite a few good looks, hit a four posts. We couldn't put the shots where we needed to put them. It just didn't go our way today."
Jack Harvey put the Pioneers ahead, 3-1, in the second quarter. Harvey had all three scores for New Providence in the game.
However, after Harvey third goal with 9:30 to play in the second quarter, the Haddonfield defense stepped up and held the Pioneers scoreless for the final 33 minutes of the game.
The Bulldawgs offense caught fire in the final two minutes of the first half. Gunnar Apgar tied the game at 3-3 with 1:42 to play. Less than 20 seconds later, Drew Tomlinson scored his first of four goals to put Haddonfield ahead for good.
"We just came together as a team, followed the game plan and chipped away," Haddonfield head coach Damon Legato said. "We tai about peaks and valleys where we have success and difficulty. We try to make a valleys short and our peaks strong."
In the third quarter, New Providence made a push to tie the game. With three minutes to play in the period, Harvey broke through the defense but his shot hit the left post and caromed towards the back line. Haddonfield scored 90 seconds later to go up two goals.
In the fourth, the Bulldawgs put in four goals in a span of three minutes to seal the game. Tomlinson added his final three goals in the fourth quarter to lead the game.
"(Tomlinson is) a freshman," Legato said. "We have two freshman starting for us. The fact that they're contributing is a gift. We're coming together as a team. We want to win and we want to play hard."